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Blonde FAQs: All the Things You Never Knew You Needed to Know About Blonde

March 18, 2010

Blonde is a difficult colour to achieve and maintain (some women may know this already!). As the blonde experts, we get asked a lot of questions about how to get the perfect blonde. Here are some of the questions we hear most often and their answers:

Q. What factors should I consider if I want to go blonde for
 the summer?

A. Before going blonde for summer ask yourself: Why do I really want to do this? Am I prepared for the upkeep? Does my hair feel healthy enough to do this? If you answer yes to all 3 questions, than totally go for it! If you have a no or are unsure, than seek professional advice to determine whether a light shade is the answer for you this summer.

Q. What are the different families of blonde and which 
suits who?

A. There are 3 families of blonde – warm, cool and neutral. In a nutshell,  there are 3 determining factors. Eye color, skin tone and natural colour. If 2 or 3 of these factors point to warm, than you are a warm. Now if you are 2 out of 3, say you have warm skin tone, cool flecks in your eyes and warm natural color, than you can also fall into the neutral category. Neutral is a delicate blend of warms and cools and looks good on almost everyone.

Q. What are my different blonde options, and how do you decide on which option is right for

A. Blonding options are numerous – All-over colour: This can be a bleach and tone service or a highlift colour. The option is ideal for natural blondes or those who are not afraid of dramatic change and don’t mind being back in the salon every 4 to 6 weeks. All-over colour is not ideal for really dark haired women, as it has a tendency to brass-out on dark shades. Highlights and/or lowlights: These are ideal for those who like anywhere from a subtle to dramatic change. The degree of change determines how often upkeep will be necessary.  As well, the technique and shades used can be soft and subtle, or bold and bright. Most Hollywood blondes are a mix of hi’s and low’s.  This is the most versatile technique. And as your stylists, we can work with your colour seasonally to suit your mood (ie. less or no lowlights in the spring, more lowlights in the fall, etc.) Base break:  An alternative to an all-over blonde with highlights and lowlights. After your highlighting service is performed, the base break is applied at the sink and gives half a level to a full level of lift on your natural hair. This blends better with highlights than a dark natural base and means less maintenance for you, the client.

Q. What role does my skin tone/complexion play when you are choosing a blonde

A. Skin tone and complexion are extremely important because they are such a major part of our face. How do you know if your blonde doesn’t work with your skin? Well, it draws out all impurities and imperfections and can make you look tired and worn out. If you already are tired or worn out, or experiencing major breakouts or other skin conditions, you should reevaluate your blonde and possibly darken or tone it down so that it softens and camoflauges these problems rather than place a spotlight on them.

Q. Which blonde colour family generally matches which skin tone?

A. If you are pale with slight pinkness, cools will work well. Freckled skin that tans well calls for warm tones. Neutrals will work on almost all skin types.

Q. What are the top 3 blonde colour myths?

A. 1.  Hair goes green from chlorine. False. The green hue is actually cause from copper deposits. So it could be in the pool’s piping, or the solution they use to treat the water, or often in an old homes or condos the piping is copper and leaves a green residue on blondes from the shower.

2. The sun makes hair brassy.  This you can say is somewhat true. If you are being exposed to the sun enough where you are lightening your hair, than yes, your hair could look brassy because the natural warm underlying pigments are being exposed.

3. I will never be able to acheieve a cool or neutral blonde because I have too much warmth in my hair. False. Quite often clients are not lifted light enough or toned correctly and then are led to believe it’s their hair, not the approach to blonding.

Q. Is going blonde more damaging than other colours?

A. Yes, blonde is more damaging than other colours because you are lifting the hair’s natural pigment and you have to use products that are more alkaline. These swell the hair cuticle open, and if they are not neutralized properly at the end of a service, than the cuticle is left open and vulnerable to damage.

Q. What are the top three “bad blonde” problems you see in the salon and
 how can you tackle those?

A. Blondes that don’t match skin tone. When a blonde doesn’t compliment the skin’s colour, the client can look as though they have a wig on. When corrected, they look fresh and well-rested – like they just returned from vacation.

Overproccessed blondes. This is when the hair is breaking off and crying for hydration with no shine what so ever. If your hair looks like this, stop it! You need to understand that your hair can only handle so much and you need to start correcting the damage. Great colour only looks great on healthy hair. So no matter how nice and light your blonde is, it will never be the first thing people notice when they see you. It will be that halo of breakage!

Wrong blonde for the client’s hair.  If you come in complaining of the crazy amount of regrowth you have, than the blonde is too light for you. It is best to find something that works for how fast your har grows and how often you can visit the salon.

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